As Time Magazine reports, the colour blue in the US flag ‘signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice‘.
Many stories about the Stars and Stripes suggest the colours were literally taken from the existing flags in America at the time, back in 1777 (mainly, England and France’s red, white and blues) and sewed back together.
But Nicole Greenstein sticks to the facts: the only historical proof about the significance of the colors in the US flag dates back to a speech pronounced when the Great Seal was created, five years later. More in extracts from her article below.
‘On June 14, 1777 in Philadelphia, the Marine Committee of the Second Continental Congress adopted a resolution that read the following: ‘Resolved, that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field representing a new constellation.’
And with these words, the Stars and Stripes were born. Yet the resolution never said a word about the significance behind the choice of red, white and blue. And for good reason. The three colors did not have any official meaning when the flag was adopted in 1777.
On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress passed a resolution authorizing a committee to develop a seal for the country. The committee was instructed to draw up a seal that reflected the Founding Fathers’ beliefs and values, as well as the sovereignty of the new nation. Red, white and blue were chosen, and the Great Seal was officially adopted on June 20, 1782.
Charles Thomson, Secretary of the Continental Congress, explained the significance to Congress when he presented the seal. ‘The colors,’ Thomson said at the time, ‘are those used in the flag of the United States of America. White signifies purity and innocence. Red, hardiness & valour, and Blue… signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice.’
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